Charlie Rangel on Biden’s "Chains" Comment: "You Bet Your Ass He Was" Talking About Slavery

August 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm (Back in Chains, Charlie Rangel, Joe Biden, New York, Racism, Slavery, Stupid, Virginia)

Looks like Joe Biden’s remarks to a predominantly black crowd in Virginia that the Romney/Ryan ticket wants to put “y’all back in chains” has another critic – Democrat Charlie Rangel.

Rangel attacked the racial tone of the comment, the vernacular Biden chose, and declared the comments were indeed about slavery. 

Rangel also concluded, “You bet your ass it was stupid”.

This is a direct counter to the claims Biden and Obama have made since the remarks raised eyebrows a couple of weeks ago.

Via Politicker:

After Vice President Joe Biden infamously told an audience that Mitt Romney is “going to unchain Wall Street,” and concluded they are “going to put y’all back in chains,” Mr. Romney’s campaign cried foul. This was an obvious and unfair allusion to slavery, Mr. Romney’s surrogates argued.

Well, count veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel among Mr. Biden’s critics on the Democratic side of the aisle.

“The Vice President said he’s going to put “y’all in chains,” Mr. Rangel told The Perez Notes in a recent free-wheeling interview. “Was he talking about slavery? You bet your ass he was. Was he using the vernacular? Yes, he was. Did he think it was cute? Yes, he did. Was it something stupid to say? You bet your life it was stupid.”

“It was something if a black had said it, we would have been laughing, because we would know deep down they may be beating the hell out of us, but they ain’t thinking about putting us into any chains,” he added.

Will pressure from his own side prompt an apology from the vice-president?

Watch the video below (about 3:00 in)…

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Chris Matthews: Obama Needs to Explain His Accomplishments to Americans "As If He Were Talking to a Two-Year-Old"

July 18, 2012 at 9:00 am (American People, Chris Matthews, Hardball, MSNBC, Perfect American, President Obama, Racism, Slow, Stupid, Thrill Up My leg, Tingles, Two-Year-Old)

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews ended his show last night by suggesting that the American public doesn’t have the intelligence to grasp the greatness of his tingle-inducing muse, President Obama.

I want President Obama to focus on something between now and November.  What I’d like him to do is speak simply and clearly to this country about what he’s accomplished. I said simply and clearly.  Remember Denzel Washington in the movie Philadelphia? He played the lawyer who told prospective clients to “explain this to me like I’m a two-year old.”. . . He needs to sell his auto-rescue plan, his jobs act, his health-care act as if he were talking to a two-year old.  And he can do it.

This comes on the heels of Matthews gushing about the President being “the perfect father, the perfect husband, the perfect American”.

“Everything he’s done is clean as a whistle. He’s never not only broken any law, he’s never done anything wrong. He’s the perfect father, the perfect husband, the perfect American. And all they do is trash the guy. And it’s impossible for me to believe they would have said the same thing about a Walter Mondale or a Jimmy Carter or a Bill Clinton. There’s an ethnic piece to this. It’s very hard to nail it down because they always cover it in ideology. But I’ve never heard anybody in this country call its opponent regularly anti-American or non-American.”

Shorter version for those with the intellect of a two-year-old:

President Obama is perfect, and if you can’t see that, you’re racist.

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